UN Myanmar envoy visits ruined city after violence
MEIKHTILA, Myanmar (AP) - The top UN envoy to Myanmar toured a central city on Sunday destroyed in the country's worst explosion of Buddhist-Muslim violence this year, calling on the government to punish those responsible for a tragedy that left dozens of corpses piled in the streets, some of them charred beyond recognition.
Mr Vijay Nambiar, the UN secretary-general's special adviser on Myanmar, also visited some of the nearly 10,000 people driven from their homes after sectarian unrest shook the city of Meikhtila for several days this week. Most of the displaced are minority Muslims, who appeared to have suffered the brunt of the violence as armed Buddhist mobs roamed city.
Mr Nambiar said he was encouraged to learn that some individuals in both communities had bravely helped each other and local religious leaders were now advocating peace.
"There is a certain degree of fear and anxiety among the people, but there is no hatred," Mr Nambiar said after visiting both groups on Sunday and promising the world body would provide as much help as it can to get the city back on its feet.